Duke of Argyll

The influence of the Duke of Argyll has always been significant in this area.
The different Campbell heritors of the parish were cadets of the Duke, Lochnell being the most senior.

A brief timeline of the Dukes activities; and that of Campbell of Breadalbane; can help us understand the political sphere the heritors moved in

Archibald Campbell 1682 - 1761

  • 1705 was made Treasurer of Scotland, and made so great a figure in Parliament as to be chosen one of the Commissioners for the Treaty of Union in 1706, which year he was created Earl of Islay, Lord Ormisary and Dunoon, &c.
  • 1708 he was made an Extraordinary Lord of Session, and was elected one of the Sixteen Peers to the united Parliament.
  • 1710 he was made Justice- General of Scotland;
  • 1711 he was called to the Privy Council,
  • 1714 upon the accession of George the First, he was nominated Lord Register of Scotland.
  • At the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1715, he took the field in defence of the House of Hanover, and was of signal service to the cause. He, by his great vigour and diligence, defended Inverary, the capital of Argyllshire, when General Gordon came with 3000 men to force or surprise it.
  • 1721 Lord Register of Scotland, and appointed Keeper of the Privy Seal, which he held till 1733
  • also Extraordinary Lord of Session, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, and Minister for Scotland.
  • He is universally allowed to have been the ablest politician and greatest statesman of his time ; was active in promoting the bill for abolishing heritable jurisdiction in Scotland, with a view to the better civilisation of the Highlands, and gave the lead in that respect to the nobility and great barons in Scotland by being the first who resigned into the hands of the Crown the jurisdiction of

Sheriff, Admiral, and Justiciary of Argyll and the Western Isles, hereditary in his family, in terms of the Act of Parliament, 1748, in lieu of which Government paid him a stipulated sum.

  • In 1734 he resigned the Privy Seal, and was made Keeper of the Great Seal, which he retained till his death.
  • His thorough knowledge of the law, along with his extraordinary endowments, qualified him to shine in the great Council of the nation as in the Cabinet of his sovereign, and pointed him out for the chief management of Scottish affairs.
  • After the Rebellion in 1745 it was he who advised George the Second, to give employment to the Highland clans.
  • 1744 building of the present Castle of Inverary began
  • Archibald died at London on the 15th April, 1761, and was buried at Kilmun, Cowal1

John Campbell, fourth Duke of Argyll, son of the Hon. John Campbell of Mammore, who was second son of Archibald, ninth Earl of Argyll, and brother to Archibald, the first Duke.
He was Colonel of the Scots Greys, General in the army, Governor of Milford-haven and Limerick, one of the Sixteen Peers for Scotland, a Lord of the Privy Council, and Knight of the Noble and Ancient Order of the Thistle.
His Grace died in 1770, in London, and was buried at Kilmun, Cowal.

John, the fifth Duke of Argyll, was Commander-in-Chief in Scotland for some years. He was a Field-Marshal in the army. He died at Inverary in May, and was interred at Kilmun, 1806.

George William was born in 1768. On the decease of his mother, Elizabeth, Baroness of Hamilton in her own right, in 1770, he succeeded to the English peerage, and to the hereditary honours of the family on the death of his father, as the 30th Knight of Lochow, the 21st MacCailen More, the 29th Campbell, the 15th Earl, and the 6th Duke, of Argyll ;
George William died without issue at Inverary Castle, and was interred at Kilmun in 1839.

John Douglas Edward Henry, seventh Duke of Argyll, succeeded his brother George William, sixth Duke, 1839.
Duke John died in the year 1847, at Inverary, and was interred at Kilmun

George John Douglas Campbell, eighth Duke of Argyll, was born April 30, 1823.
He is the 32nd Knight of Lochow, and the 30th Campbell in direct descent.
1851 he was elected Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews ;
in 1852 he held the office of Lord Privy Seal under Lord Aberdeen's Administration held to the end of 1855, when he exchanged it for that of Postmaster- General.
In 1854 he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow; and in September, 1855, he presided over the twenty-fifth meeting of the British Association for the promotion of science, which was held in Glasgow.
In 1856 he went out of office, but in the next year was again appointed Lord Privy Seal; this he held till 1859.
In 1860 he was reappointed Postmaster-General
And then Secretary of State for India2

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